Pakenham finished 6th win eight wins and eight losses. They were just percentage short of making finals, after finishing on the same number of wins as Monbulk. Unfortunately for them they lost to Monbulk by 58 in the final round, sealing their fate.
They were able to match it with a few of the top teams on their day, defeating Olinda Ferny Creek (finished 4th) by two points in Round 3 and defeating Grand Finalists Woori Yallock by 21 in Round 17. Another highlight of their season result wise was in Round 13 where they kicked scored 135, albeit from 45 scoring shots, whilst restricting Mt Evelyn to a miserly 10 points.
Beating the bottom three sides twice was important for their finals chances, as was defeating Olinda Ferny Creek once and Woori Yallock once. Their downfall was losing to Monbulk twice, especially seeing Monbulk only won eight games also.
It was unfortunate that Mitch Johnson only played the four games, as he kicked 17 goals from these four games. Jake Thomas scored 16 goals for the year while the Debruins; Matthew and Cameron kicked 12 each.
Other important players for Pakenham this season were Jordan Stewart, Zac Stewart, Jackson Bramich and Stephen Morey.
Both Jordan (HBF) and Zac (INT) Stewart had their brilliant seasons acknowledged in Team of the Year.
The Reserves had a great season, falling just a goal short in the Preliminary Final to Upwey Tecoma.
Pakenham finished fourth which wasn’t a bad effort. They made the Semi Final for Conference 1 where they were soundly beaten by Olinda Ferny Creek.
The ladder fairly reflected how their season went as they didn’t lose games to teams that finished below them and didn’t defeat teams above them.
Some great match results came from the season, belting fellow Conference 1 team Yarra Junction 70-25 , where Donna Monckton had a day out kicking four goals, destroying Seville 104-20 in Round 5 , where Chloe Moody and Bianca Nagel booted four each, and in Round 10 walloping Thornton Eildon 124-1 in Round 10, where Donna Monckton kicked a bag of five.
Pakenham were a reasonably high scoring team; fourth for points for and kicking 180 more points than the next best.
Bianca Moody topped the goal scoring with 16, followed by Donna Monckton with 11. Melina Eppel also had a strong season, kicking 10 goals.
There a handful of stars for Pakenham, notably Courtney Stephens who was listed in the best in 13 of 14 games, Bianca Moody who topped Pakenham’s goal kicking was named in the best 11 times and Melina Eppel 10 times. Abbey Tognazzini also had a stunning season being named in the best in all of her games except one.
Three players from Pakenham were acknowledged Abbey Tognazzini was CHB in Team of the Year, Courtney Stephens on the wing and Bianca Moody on the half-forward flank.
With a few stars domination for Pakenham, hopefully a few more players can stand up in 2023 to go that one or two steps further next year.
Written by Jordan Peeler